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Rainwater Collection Systems by Sandy Brooks, Customer Assistance Center Manager

Systems by Sandy Brooks, Customer Assistance Center Manager The next time it rains, take a look

The next time it rains, take a look outside and think if you might be able to do something with all that water. Well, you can. Some people call it harvesting rainwater. Why harvest rainwater? It can save you money and your community. Collecting and using rainwater means you aren’t buying potable water to use on your landscaping. It helps reduce the amount of water you use and the amount of water that goes into the stormwater drainage systems.

According to some water resources and education websites, “rainwater is good for plants because it is free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth.” The harvesting of rainwater has been used for years all over the world. Many people in rural areas have revived the practice of rainwater harvesting and are not only using it for watering gardens, but are going further and installing systems that make the water usable for household water needs.

Rainwater harvesting systems come in all shapes and sizes, and from simple containers to complex filtrations systems. All rainwater systems, no matter how small or big, have a few things in common. Most people catch their

water from the roof of their houses. Metal roofs work really great, but any kind of roof will work for a non-potable system. Gutters, downspouts, and a pathway of PVC pipe are all you need for a small system. Some people have tanks under raised decks and catch water that way. The storage tanks can be a rain barrel or a cistern made of wood, concrete, fiberglass, metal or anything that holds water. There are containers that are made specifically for catching rainwater, but of course, they are more expensive. You can use a screen or mesh to cover the container to keep out leaves, dirt, and animals. A rain barrel may have something as simple as

a spigot at the base, or a more elaborate system may use a pathway of PVC pipe and hoses. If you can take advantage

of gravity, that is great, or you can use

a pump to move the water through the hoses to water your landscape.

to move the water through the hoses to water your landscape. There is a lot of

There is a lot of information on the internet about harvesting rainwater. If you are interested, take a look and decide what kind of system you might be

interested in. Rainwater harvesting does require some work, but most people find

it well worth their time. If you are going to build an elaborate system, make sure you do your homework before starting.

CAN-SPAM: What Went Wrong? by Mark Townsend, Associate Director of Technology Services (The following article

CAN-SPAM: What Went Wrong? by Mark Townsend, Associate Director of Technology Services (The following article was taken from the October 6, 2008 issue of NetworkWorld)

Five years ago, the U.S. tech industry, politicians, and Internet users were wringing their hands over the escalating problems of spam. Back then, 45% of all e-mails were unwanted pitches for such products as Viagra, penny stocks, or porn sites. An estimated 15 billion spam messages were sent over the Internet daily in 2003, prompting 74% of online adults to favor a law that would make mass spamming illegal. Statistics like these prompted Congress to pass a landmark antispam bill known as the CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing) Act in December 2003.

Fast-forward five years. The number of spam messages sent over the Internet every day has grown more than 10-fold, topping 164 billion worldwide in August 2008. Almost 97% of all e-mails are spam, costing U.S. ISPs and corporations an estimated $42 billion a year. The content of spam has changed, too. In 2003, spam was an annoying or offensive come-on to buy a product. Today, more than 83% of spam contains a URL for a Web site that is trying to infect computers with malicious software.

Law enforcement officials have prosecuted dozens of spammers under the CAN-SPAM Act and won some high- profile cases, such as putting pharmacy spam king “Rizler” behind bars for 30 years. Nonetheless, CAN-SPAM has done little to deter spammers. Industry observers, however, say the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 wasn’t a complete failure because it defined spam. It prompted legitimate e-mail senders to improve their online marketing, and it led to several high-profile convictions of spammers in conjunction with other fraud laws.

Five years after the passage of CAN-SPAM, spam is at an all-time high. Spam levels are so high – representing 96.5% of all e-mail – that only 1 in 28 e-mails sent over the Internet is legitimate according to Sophos, a security software vendor. “Most businesses don’t realize how bad spam is because, thankfully, there are gateways and antispam filters that are stopping it,”says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.“But the Internet providers are feeling the pain, and the IT department is feeling the pain.”

Of particular concern is the number of botnets that spammers control and use to send out huge amounts of e-mail. Spam is more vicious today, due to e-mail attachments that link to Web pages that infect computers with malicious code. Spammers steal data or take control over the infected computer and join it to botnets for future attacks. “We see over 5,000 new malicious Web pages every day, and most of them are linked to or from a spam message,” Cluley says. “The Web sites you get taken to are not necessarily porn or gambling. Ninety percent of them are legitimate Web sites that have been hacked. That, again, fools people into thinking that they’ve received a regular e-mail.”

Increasingly, spam is being sent by organized crime networks rather than petty crooks. Among the biggest money makers for spammers are selling counterfeit products, pumping up stocks, stealing personally identifiable information and other scams.“Organized crime is investing in advanced research and development organizations that are conducting these attacks,”says Jaime de Guerre, CTO of antispam vendor Cloudmark.“They are developing botnet software, and they are developing the ability to modify images so that each image sent in an e-mail is different.”

Spam is more international than it was when the CAN-SPAM Act was passed. One reason the law hasn’t been very effective is because it doesn’t apply to spammers in other countries. The United States is the world’s largest spammer, but its share of spam has dropped dramatically. In February 2004, the U.S. was responsible for 56.7% of the world’s spam. Today, that number is 14.9%. Next in line as top spammers are Russia (7.5%), Turkey (6.8%), and China/Hong Kong (5.6%).

“As long as spam is profitable, and there is no question that it is, and as long as people fall for spam, then we are going to have people trying to do it,”says Dmitri Alperovitch, director of intelligence analysis at Secure Computing. “Fundamentally, spam is a people problem. As long as people are willing to fall for the allure of $1 million that they may have won in a lottery…there will be spam.”

“The most useful thing is to really protect your computer with up-to-date antivirus, firewalls, and security packages, and to think twice before you click,” Cluley says. “But as long as people keep making dumb decisions, spam will continue to happen.”

before you click,” Cluley says. “But as long as people keep making dumb decisions, spam will
Illegal Dumping by Steve Hofferber, Director of Property Maintenance Owning rental housing is not an

Illegal Dumping by Steve Hofferber, Director of Property Maintenance

by Steve Hofferber, Director of Property Maintenance Owning rental housing is not an easy way to

Owning rental housing is not an easy way to make money. There are many challenges that landlords face in trying to attract and retain reliable tenants, keeping the building and outlying property well-maintained, and dealing with challenges caused by crime, vandalism, and other activities that reduce the overall attractiveness of a neighborhood. One of those challenges, relating to property maintenance, is illegal dumping.

The type of illegal dumping most often encountered in populated areas is the occasional dumping of a few bags of trash or tires--it often occurs on vacant lots or behind buildings that appear to be unoccupied and convenient places for people to discard their trash without being observed. However, illegal dumping can, and does, occur on occupied property also.

Many landlords provide trash service and dumpsters for their tenants. They are often taken advantage of by residents of other properties who may not have trash service and dump their trash in dumpsters and yards belonging to others. Adding to their frustration is the fact that state law and city ordinances still hold them responsible for removing the illegally dumped trash once it is on their property.

While it is impossible to totally eliminate the problem of illegal dumping, there are many things landlords can do to help minimize the problem…

1. Take exemplary care of their property; make sure the buildings are well-maintained, the grass mowed, and any

trash, debris, junk vehicles, or graffiti removed. If it appears that a property owner and tenants really care about their property and maintaining it, it is less likely to be the subject of illegal dumping and other crimes.

2. Help prosecute illegal dumpers.

numbers, then report it to the city’s Property Maintenance Department at 271-5342. If you find trash on your property, see if you can find any telltale signs of whose trash it may have been and contact property maintenance for further assistance. We have worked with the city prosecutor to successfully prosecute a number of cases of illegal dumping--- when we are able to put together enough evidence to do so.

Encourage your tenants to watch for illegal dumpers and get license plate

tenants to watch for illegal dumpers and get license plate 3. If you are the victim

3. If you are the victim of illegal dumping, remove it

as quickly as possible. Leaving the trash will simply encourage the same people, or others, to use the property as an illegal dumping area again.

4. Consider constructing fencing, planting bushes,

or adding lighting to make the area less inviting for someone looking for someplace to dump illegally.

5. Help other property owners in the area by keeping

an eye on each other’s property. If you can help prosecute someone who has dumped illegally on your neighbor’s property, it helps discourage the behavior and makes everyone less likely to fall victim to illegal dumping themselves.

What’s Happening? City departments at a glance
What’s Happening?
City departments at a glance
City Manager’s Office Fire Department •Vince held this week’s staff meeting at the new Remington
City Manager’s Office
Fire Department
•Vince held this week’s staff meeting at the new Remington
Nature Center of St. Joseph. Bill McKinney and his staff re-
ceived accolades for a job well done and best wishes for a
successful future operation.
•Congratulations to all the new and repeat locally elected
officials.
Open burning started November 3, and runs
through November 23, from the hours of 10am
to 3:30pm. For more information, please visit:
www.stjoemo.info/mainpages/OpenBurning.pdf
Customer Assistance
Technology Services
The agenda for upcoming City Council meetings can be
viewed at: www.stjoemo.info/clerk/clerk_minutes.cfm.
You can then follow along as you watch the council
meeting LIVE on channel 19 at 7pm every other Mon-
day. The meetings are then replayed at 10am on Tues-
day, 7pm on Thursday, and 12 noon on Saturday.
•A restaurant/bar called “The Tap Room” will be open-
ing soon at 1702 N. Belt Highway. It will only be open
on the weekends.
•Hick’s Ribs & Things at 202 N. 22nd Street will be
open once all walk through inspections have been
approved. This business has been closed since 2004.
Property Maintenance Public Works & Transportation Don Richardson attended ICC (International Code Compli- ance)
Property Maintenance
Public Works & Transportation
Don Richardson attended ICC (International Code Compli-
ance) training in Overland Park, Kansas, last week. These
classes consisted of: Legal Aspects of Code Administration,
Building Department Personnel Management, Building De-
partment Financial Management, Increasing the Credibility
of the Code Official, and Ethics in Public Life. These classes
count towards his credits for ICC certification.
Last Sunday, parts of Jules and Faraon Streets down-
town turned from one-way to two-way streets. Extra
traffic signage and pavement markings have been
added to help alert drivers to the changes. As driv-
ers acclimate to the change, the traffic direction
pavement markings will be allowed to fade and the
number of traffic direction signs will be reduced to a
normal level.
Financial Services
Human Resources
•After a few weeks’ evaluation, the Financial Services
Department has decided not to formally go with the
Direct Merchant (Remote Check) program. The ma-
chines have been returned to the vendor.
•We send a big “thank you” to the members of the City
Hall Breakroom Committee for the Halloween“treat”of
breakfast last Friday.
LAGERS annual statements and a memo regarding the
new dental rates were distributed last week to all city
employees. Those who did not receive a copy should
contact human resources.
Legal Department
Planning & Community Development
Assistant City Attorney Tim Davis has ridden off
into the sunset. Good luck in Kansas City, Tim!
On November 5, the City Council met with represen-
tatives from the State of Missouri, BNSF Railways, and
MoDOT to discuss the formation of a Downtown Quiet
Zone.
Police Department
The police department thanks you for help-
ing keep our children safe on Halloween.
Health Department
Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities
•We will be participating in Tiny Tot Town, sponsored by Par-
ents as Teachers, on Friday, November 7. We will be discuss-
ing good food choices with the parents, while the children
will play a matching game with healthy fruits and vegeta-
bles.
•Friends of the Shelter is holding an animal preview at UPCO
on Saturday from 10am until noon. The animals will then be
available for adoption at the shelter from 1pm to 4pm.
•Holiday lighting is starting to take it’s place as the
primary activity for the parks department.
•We are finishing up the last few projects at the na-
ture center.
•Our plumber is busy closing and winterizing facili-
ties throughout the system.
•The addition of more concrete cart paths is
underway at Fairview Golf Course.
“Gremlin” is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair orange cat. He is sweet and very
“Gremlin” is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair orange cat. He is sweet and very
“Gremlin” is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair orange cat. He is sweet and very
“Gremlin” is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair orange cat. He is sweet and very

“Gremlin” is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair orange cat. He is sweet and very easy to handle and is litter box trained. The cost associated with making Gremlin a part of your family is approximately $57.50 (adoption fee, neuter, vaccinations, license, and microchip) For information call 271-4877 Hours of operation:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 - 5:30pm Wednesday 1:00 - 6:30pm Friday & Saturday 1:00 - 4:30pm

The Block Street drainage project contract was awarded to Bestgen, Inc., for $135,428. Funding is

The Block Street drainage project contract was awarded to Bestgen, Inc., for $135,428. Funding is from the sales tax storm water fund. Estimated completion date for this project is February, 2009.

$135,428. Funding is from the sales tax storm water fund. Estimated completion date for this project
211 Hammond Street BEFORE A F T E R A notice was sent to the

211 Hammond Street

211 Hammond Street BEFORE A F T E R A notice was sent to the own-

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A notice was sent to the own- ers of 211 Hammond Street to clean up the property by removing all trash, rubbish, junk, and debris. Property owners complied by clean- ing all of it up.

•The Paper Lofts (old Mead building) opened for new tenants on Saturday, November 1, 2008.

•The Paper Lofts (old Mead building) opened for new tenants on Saturday, November 1, 2008. This building will have 258 apartments when it is done.

•In 2003, the average daily volume of spam was 15 billion, resulting in 45% of all e-mails. In 2008, that number jumped to 164.1 billion e-mails, or 96.5% of all e-mails. The money spent battling spam annually was $20.5 billion in 2003. That number is $140 billion in 2008.

An ordinance was approved authorizing the pur- chase of one aerial platform apparatus from Sutphen

An ordinance was approved authorizing the pur- chase of one aerial platform apparatus from Sutphen Corporation in the amount of $871,236.99. This ap- paratus will replace the Snorkel truck currently in use at fire headquarters. The funding for this purchase is from the Capital Improvements Sales Tax Program.

currently in use at fire headquarters. The funding for this purchase is from the Capital Improvements
The award this week goes to moderator Julie Noel , narrator Maggie Fischer , actors
The award this week goes to moderator Julie Noel , narrator Maggie Fischer , actors

The award this week goes to moderator Julie Noel, narrator Maggie Fischer, actors Tony Zuchowski, Vicki Johnson, Bill Marlin, Mitzi Teliczan, George Albert, Matt Fischer, Kim Hurt, Mark Townsend, and produc- tion staff on the discrimination/ harassment video Larry Stobbs and Larry Smith. All of these city employees devot- ed their time and talents to the creation of the video presentations for customer service and discrimina- tion/harassment training for city employees this year. They all did a fantastic and creative job. Ed- iting of the discrimination/sexual harassment film was performed by Julie Noel, with editing and production of the customer service video completed by Maggie Fischer.

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~Attend the City Council meeting at 7pm on Monday,
November 17, in the Council Chamber of City Hall.
~Listen for City Manager Vince Capell on the
Barry Birr Show (KFEQ AM 680) at 9am on Thursday,
November 20.
~Attend City Talk at 6:30pm on Thursday, November
20, at the Missouri National Guard Mayes Memorial
Armory, 301 North Woodbine Road.
~Watch City Council meetings LIVE every other Mon-
day night on channel 19. You can also watch a re-
broadcast of the meeting on Tuesdays at 10am, Thurs-
days at 7pm, and Saturdays at Noon.
More Medication Being Prescribed for Children In a recent HealthDay News article, it was reported
More Medication Being Prescribed for Children In a recent HealthDay News article, it was reported

More Medication Being Prescribed for Children

In a recent HealthDay News article, it was reported that medication use among children is on the rise as more kids are being treated for obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and asthma. Researchers found over a 4-year period from 2002- 2005, prescriptions for children increased signifi- cantly. For example, among two drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, the use doubled. Girls seem to be who this trend has targeted. There was a 166% increase in prevalence among girls aged 10 to 14, and a 135% increase in prevalence among girls age 15 to 19. The increased rate of prescribing medication was much more for girls (147 %), than it was for boys (39%).

For more information on childhood obesity and its affects, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/obesi- tyinchildren.html

At Work For You! Clint Thompson is a 10-year veteran of the city. As the

At Work For You!

Clint Thompson is a 10-year veteran of the city. As the di- rector of Planning and Community Development, he is responsible for both the community and economic de- velopment of the city. He has been married for 12 years and has two children.

His favorites…

Food:

Beef Jerky, Hot dogs from the gas station rotisserie

Place:

Alaska

Hobby: Snow Boarding, Hunting Rock Climbing, Heli-Skiiing

Movie:

Urban Cowboy

Book:

How To Be A Maverick by Sarah Palin

Group: Alabama

Song:

Anything by Ronnie Milsap

Movie: Urban Cowboy Book: How To Be A Maverick by Sarah Palin Group: Alabama Song: Anything
DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION Monday, November 10 6:30pm Museum Oversight Board meeting City Hall-1st
DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION Monday, November 10 6:30pm Museum Oversight Board meeting City Hall-1st

DATE

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

Monday, November 10

6:30pm

Museum Oversight Board meeting

City Hall-1st Floor Conference Room

Tuesday, November 11

All Day

City Offices Closed-VETERANS DAY

All City Offices

Wednesday, November 12

Noon

Advisory Commission on Aging meeting

JRP Senior Center

Wednesday, November 12

5pm

Special Council Meeting

City Hall-Mayor’s Office

Thursday, November 13

10:30am

St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization Technical Committee meeting

Pizza Shoppe-410 Court Street Savannah, MO

meeting Pizza Shoppe-410 Court Street Savannah, MO DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION November 8 8pm St. Joseph
DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION November 8 8pm St. Joseph Symphony Concert Missouri Theater November 11
DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
November 8
8pm
St. Joseph Symphony Concert
Missouri Theater
November 11
2pm
Veteran’s Day Parade
Begins at 10th & Francis
November 14
8pm
Dallas Brass presented by PAA
Missouri Theater
November 22
9am-4pm
KQ2 Holiday Mart
Civic Arena
November 23
5:30pm
Holiday Jazz Fest
Missouri Theater
December 5•6•7
Fri-7:30pm
A Christmas Carol presented by RRT
Missouri Theater
Sat/Sun-2pm
December 13
10am-Noon
Mayor’s Children’s Christmas Party
Bode Ice Arena
December 13
7:30pm
Voices of America Christmas Concert
Missouri Theater
December 19-20
TBA
High School City League Basketball Games
Civice Arena
December 20
8pm
St. Joseph Symphony Concert
Missouri Theater
UPCOMING CITY CLOSINGS
Open Burning
All city offices and the
recycling center will be
November 3 through
November 23, 2008
CLOSED on
10am-3:30pm
Tuesday, November 11
in observance of Veteran’s Day
The landfill will be open from 7am-2pm
www.stjoemo.info/mainpages/
OpenBurning.pdf
Click on position names to see more information about
the job opportunity, or visit www.stjoemo.info
POSITION (Regular Postions Only-No Seasonal)
WAGE
DEPARTMENT
DEADLINE TO APPLY
Assistant City Attorney
$48,206/yr
Legal
November 7, 2008
Firefighter
$29,157/yr
Fire
Open Until Filled
Police Officer
$30,188/yr
Police
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C t d t t G e c n o e o CITY MISSION STATEMENT: The

CITY MISSION STATEMENT: The City of St. Joseph is dedicated to providing quality services by working to enhance the quality of life and to create a healthy, progressive community in which to live, work and visit.

COUNCIL VISION STATEMENT: St. Joseph is an historic river city that provides opportunities for a skilled workforce and promotes a friendly, safe environment for everyone.

CURRENT COUNCIL GOALS:

Communication New fire stations Downtown revitalization Riverfront development Sewer service extension to areas not presently served Police personnel additions (20 officers) Transportation/roads

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Frugality Independent thinking Intellectual honesty/integrity Teamwork Accountability Approachability Respect for each other Passion for city/citizens

Patience Dedication Broader thinking Courage for convictions Open communications Sacrifice Adaptability Voice of people

Front (LtoR) Clint Thompson-Planning & Community Development; Steve Hofferber-Technology Services, & Property
Front (LtoR) Clint Thompson-Planning & Community Development; Steve Hofferber-Technology Services, & Property

Front (LtoR) Clint Thompson-Planning & Community Development; Steve Hofferber-Technology Services, & Property Maintenance; Bill McKinney-Parks, Recre- ation & Civic Facilities; Bruce Woody-Public Works & Transportation. Middle (LtoR) Paula Heyde-City Clerk; Debra Bradley- Health; Diana Slater-Human Resources; Lisa Robert- son-Legal; Carolyn Harrison-Financial Services. Back (LtoR) Mike Dalsing-Fire; Chris Connally-Police; Sam Barber-Customer Assistance; and Vince Capell- City Manager.

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